Alabama beats Tennessee 58-48 in SEC quarterfinalsBy STEVE MEGARGEE, AP Sports Writer Friday, Mar 15, 2013
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP)—Levi Randolph scored 15 points Friday as No. 4 seed Alabama defeated No. 5 seed Tennessee 58-48 in a Southeastern Conference tournament quarterfinal between two teams seeking to improve their postseason credentials.
Tennessee and Alabama both entered this week as NCAA tournament bubble teams.
Alabama used its pressure defense to wear down Tennessee in the second half. The Volunteers shot 32.1 percent (18 of 56) overall, 50 percent (7 of 14) on free throws and 21.7 percent (5 of 23) on 3-pointers.